2010 “deadline” missed for reversing loss of biodiversity

The United Nations has declared the International Year of Biodiversity–a year that was supposed to be a milestone. The 193 nations participating in a treaty called the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) had agreed to “achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth.”

But in a statement released early this year, Ahmen Djoghlaf, the executive secretary of CBD, states that we’re a long way off. He writes “The more than 100 national reports received so far from Parties have demonstrated that we continue to lose biodiversity at an unprecedented rate.”

While this is serious news on many fronts, it has also provided scientists with the impetus to better understand the benefits of biodiversity and the ramifications of its loss. Here’s a great feature article written by Susan Milius that covers the topic in detail. If you don’t read anything else this year, read this.

via Losing Life’s Variety – Science News.

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One Response

  1. Thanks so much for the kind words and for alerting your readers to this, Erika! (Even though the article sadly lacks nuns’ washing machines.)
    I’ve been surprised at how little attention the 2010 deadline, the treaty, and the UN Year of Biodiversity have been getting so far. Let’s hope the convention’s official assessment in May starts some conversations.
    And I’m delighted to have found your entertaining and visually lovely blog. Best wishes.

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